Goldendoodles are the adorable combination of a golden retriever and a poodle. Based on their genetics, their fur will be straight, curly, or wavy, which will help dictate the perfect hairstyle for your doodle, as will her lifestyle. From teddy bear cuts to lion cuts, your doodle can enjoy a variety of looks. You can groom your goldendoodle yourself or have a professional dog groomer give her a stylish cut.
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Goldendoodle puppy cut
Sometimes known as the teddy bear cut, the goldendoodle puppy cut is one of the most popular styles for this hybrid breed. It suits dogs with any type of hair and is the simplest cut of them all. To give a puppy cut, your groomer will simply shave your doodle's hair to around 1 to 2 inches in length over the entire body.
The reason the cut is called the puppy cut or teddy bear cut is because it gives your dog the appearance of a puppy or stuffed animal. This is quite suitable for this super-sweet breed's cuddly personality.
It's also the most practical cut because it makes caring for your dog's fur the easiest. You'll be able to easily brush your dog regularly to prevent matting of the fur, and bathing your dog is a breeze too.
Lion cut for goldendoodles
Of all the golden doodle cuts, if you want one that really stands out from the crowd, the lion cut is for you. This cut literally makes your doodle look like a lion, with the hair on the back half of your dog shaved down to around 1/4 inch in length. The hair on the chest, top of the tail, face, and feet is trimmed slightly to make it look neat but is left longer. The longer fur gives your dog the appearance of having a lion's mane and a tufted tail.
While this cut is certainly attractive, it does require a lot of maintenance because you'll need to regularly brush the longer sections of your doodle's fur to keep it from becoming a matted mess. For this reason, it's not the best choice for a very active doodle who loves to tackle outdoor activities.
Fun haircuts for goldendoodles
The doodle's low-shedding fur makes it a great choice for some fun cuts. These include the Mohawk cut and the dinosaur cut. For these hairstyles, your groomer will give your dog a standard kennel cut, also known as a summer shave, for most of the body.
All of the fur except for the fur along the top of the head and back is trimmed to less than an inch in length. The rest is left in either a mohawk style or is trimmed into blocky tufts that resemble a dinosaur's scales. It's really up to your imagination and your groomer's skills. Sometimes, a bit of nontoxic hair dye on the longer hair is added to enhance the look.
Practical doodle haircuts
In addition to the puppy cut, the shorter kennel cut gives your dog an all-over shaved look. This is the most practical goldendoodle short haircut, but it's not the most attractive of the goldendoodle haircuts.
For a slightly more cuddly look, try the lamb cut. It's basically the teddy bear cut with thicker fur left on the legs to give your dog the appearance of a little lamb.
It should come as no surprise that a doodle can also get a standard poodle cut, especially those with curly fur. This cut shaves down the fur on most of the body except for the head, ears, legs, and tail. For those who want a more traditional and elegant look for their dog, this is the one to choose.